Sonia Farmer is a writer, visual artist, and small press publisher who uses letterpress printing, bookbinding, hand-papermaking, and digital projects to build narratives about the Caribbean space. Text always drives these narratives. Whether she uses her own written work or the work of others, she lets the words inform the structure, imagery, and materials for the final project.
She is the founder of Poinciana Paper Press, which produces handmade and limited edition chapbooks of Caribbean literature and promotes the crafts of book arts through workshops and creative collaborations.
Her artwork has been exhibited throughout Nassau including at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Hillside House, Doongalik Studios, and the Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery. Her books can be found in various public and private collections and libraries, including the Dawn Davies Collection, The Baha Mar Art Collection, and in the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.
She is the author of Infidelities (Poinciana Paper Press, 2017) which was longlisted for the 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. She has also self-published several chapbooks. Her poetry has won the 2011 Prize in the Small Axe Literary Competition and has appeared in various journals including tongues of the ocean, Small Axe, Poui, and The Caribbean Writer.
She holds a BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute where she won the thesis award for an outstanding collection of poetry. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Book Arts at the University of Iowa.
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Contact Sonia at firstname.lastname@example.org.